Distance 13.31 miles, cumulative 939.38 miles, time 5 hrs, walking time 4 hrs 15 mins, pace 3.1 mph, Camped Tudor Caravan Park.
After yesterday’s frustrations with the footpath, today was much easier as we chose to follow the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal towpath from Gloucester Docks to Slimbridge. The Sharpness Canal runs alongside the tidal River Severn and cuts out a long and dangerous bend in the River. It was once the broadest and deepest canal in the world. At 16.5 miles in length we will walk its entire length when we finish the final few miles tomorrow morning. So today was an easy day of walking in bright sunshine watching all the activity on the canal which included a Chinese rowing team.
Up in the air we watched what looked like one of the new military transport planes, an Airbus A400M Atlas, going round and round being followed by a small plane which we assumed to be photographing it. RAF Brize Norton is not far away if you are flying or it might have come from RAF Fairford which is hosting the Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend.
After an early finish we chilled at the very smart and tranquil campsite which just happens to have a pub at it’s entrance which hopefully will be showing the Wales v Portugal game.